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The Dialogue 05/03/2019
St. Catherine of Siena School
The Dialogue
May 3, 2019
Virtue of the Month: Prayerfulness
During the month of May we are focusing on the Virtue of Prayerfulness. Prayer is a sacred conversation that opens us to forgiveness, faith, and renewed intentions. In her blog writing dated October 16, 2010  "Get Joy", Joy Johnson shares her thoughts on how to we can teach our children to pray. " There is no better way to help them grow in their faith then to teach them how to talk to our Father and have a real conversation with Him. If you want to see your kids grow in their Christian faith then teach them how to pray. Jesus is our example. He even taught us how to pray. If God thought it was necessary to teach us then surely it is important to teach it to our children. Matthew 6:9-14 (New King James Version) 9 In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. 10 Your kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven. 11 Give us this day our daily bread. 12 And forgive us our debts, As we forgive our debtors. 13 And do not lead us into temptation, But deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.

The Lord's Prayer is such a great pattern for us to follow in our daily prayers. I love to follow these steps in my daily prayer. 
1. Honor God for who He is
2. Pray for His will to be done
3. Prayer for our basic needs
4. Pray for forgiveness for us and help to forgive others
5. Prayer for help in avoiding sin in our lives
6. Protection from Satan
7. Honoring God for who He is

Prayer is what will draw my kids closer to God. It will help them to have a real relationship with Him. As they pray in the Spirit they will pray the perfect will of God into their lives and those that they bring to the Lord. As they pray for others they will become more kind and tender to those in need." Please take some time this month to pray with your children to help them understand the loving connection and bond that can be created with God through prayer.    
Chili's "Dine to Donate" during the month of May (vouchers attached)
St. Catherine's Home and School has partnered with Chili's Restaurants in West Dundee, Algonquin, and South Elgin to offer a month long "Dine to Donate" fundraiser. From May 1st - May 31st, Chili's will donate 15% of food sales back to our Home and School when you use one of the attached Chili vouchers. All proceeds from this month long event will go towards Home and School's school improvement projects, and other important items for our students! Offer is valid for Dine In or To Go orders. Please share the extra vouchers attached to this dialogue with friends and family. Thank you!
2019-2020 School Calendar (attachment)
The 2019-2020 School Calendar is now available and is attached to this Dialogue. It is also available on our St. Catherine's homepage at  under the "Our School" link at the top of the page. Please print out a copy for your records. 
Education Commission Meeting Cancelled
The Education Commission Meeting that was scheduled for Wednesday, May 8th has been cancelled. Thank you to everyone who served on the commission this year! 
Lunchroom help needed on Tuesdays and Thursdays
We are currently in need of extra helpers in the lunchroom on Tuesday and Thursdays until the end of the year. If you are able to help out, please contact Nora Duran at or contact the school office. Volunteers are needed from 11:30 - 12:30 pm. Thank you! 
Variety Show Tryouts (flyer attached)
Get your act together and join us for our annual variety show! The show will take place on Wednesday, May 29 at 1:00 p.m. Auditions will take place on Tuesday, May 7 from 3:05 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in the school gym. Everyone that auditions will be included in the show! Past performances have included: singers, dancers, skits, gymnastics, Tae-Kwon-Do, piano solos, bands and more. Please email Mrs. Johnson at if you will be at tryouts. Also, let her know what type of act you have planned. All students from PreK3 - 8th grade are welcome to participate. Thank you!
Golf Outing at Randall Oaks (Registration form attached)
St. Catherine's Home and School Association has organized a spring golf outing event at Randall Oaks Golf Club on Saturday, May 18th! Anyone 13 and older is welcome to attend. Price per golfer is $110.00 and includes 18 holes, a motorized golf cart, two drink tickets, and a buffet dinner. Single golfers will be matched to form teams. Please use the attached form to register for this outing. Registrations need to be received by Friday, May 10th. If you, your business, or someone you know would like to sponsor a hole for the outing, please complete the attached sponsorship form and return it to school by May 3rd. We are always very appreciative of our sponsors commitment to our school!
A dinner only option, Pig Roast with sides, is available for non-golfers at 4:30 PM in the Grill Room at Randall Oaks Gold Club. Friends and family are welcome to attend. Price for the dinner only option is $35.00 per adult and $10.00 per child for chicken fingers, macaroni and cheese, and a soft drink. All proceeds from the golf outing and dinner will go towards St. Catherine of Siena School improvements. Please see the attached flyer for more information to to register for this fun event!
Brick Party on Thursday, May 16th
Come join us on Thursday, May 16th at 5:30 PM for Home and School's Summer Sendoff and Brick Party Picnic in the school parking lot. Home and School will be taking orders for tribute/memorial bricks for the sidewalk in front of our school. The cost for each brick is $100.00 and sample bricks will be available for viewing. Home and School will provide hot dogs and Icee freeze pops but feel free to bring your own sides and beverages. Hope to see you there!
Athletic Awards Ceremony
St. Catherine's Athletics will be hosting their annual Athletic Awards Ceremony on Wednesday, May 15th at 6:30 PM in the school gym. Students who participated in Spirit Squad, Cross Country, Girls Volleyball, Boys Volleyball, Girls Basketball, and Boys Basketball will be recognized at this event. Please mark your calendars for this event.
Bus Service for the 2019-2020 school year (Registration form attached)
D300 will continue to provide afternoon bus service for our students for the 2019-2020 school year. If your child is currently riding the bus or if you are interested in bus service for next year, please complete the attached bus form and return it to school by Friday, May 17th. In order for students to be eligible for bus service, they must live within certain D300 school boundaries. If you have questions about eligibility for the bus based on where you live, please contact the school office and we will verify with D300 if service is available to you.
End of Year Band Concert for St. Catherine Students (flyer attached)
St. Catherine's students who participate in our band program, will be performing at the Wing Park Band Shelter in Elgin on Tuesday, May 21st at 7:00 PM for their end of year concert, "Where Dreams Come True". Please come out to support our students, along with several other local schools, as they share their talents, hard work, and music!
TRIP (Tuition Reduction Incentive Program) - Vendor list attached
Many of our families have been asking which stores and vendors are part of our TRIP program. Attached to this Dialogue is a list of all the stores you can purchase TRIP cards for with the amount of rebate percentage you will earn towards your tuition. Please take some time to look over the list of over 750 stores to see where you can start earning credit towards your child's tuition. 
If you would like to place an order for next week, please use the following link to set up an account and place your order. The code to create an account is 2CL3966D181. Our next order will be placed on Monday, May 6th. Please have your TRIP order payment in the school office by 9:00 AM on Monday, May 6th if you have placed an order. If you have any questions about the program, please contact the school office.
Saints on the Run 5K (flyer attached)
Saint Charles Borromeo School will be hosting their 1st annual "Saints on the Run" 5K trail run on Saturday, May 11th at the Hampshire Forest Preserve. There will be a free kids run at 9:00 AM with the 5K starting at 9:30 AM. Entry fee is $25.00. A t-shirt and medal will be awarded to all participants. Please see the attached flyer for more information.
Lifezone Open Soccer Tryouts (flyer attached)
Lifezone in West Dundee Will be holding open soccer tryouts for boys ages 6yrs - 18yrs and girls ages 6yrs - 14yrs starting in May. They are also starting registration for soccer classes for boys and girls of all ages. Please see the attached flyers for more information.
Important Dates:
  • Tuesday, May 7th - Variety Show Tryouts in the gym 3:05 - 4:00 pm
  • Wednesday, May 8th - Flower order pickup
  • Wednesday, May 15th - NJHS Induction Ceremony 2:30 PM
  • Wednesday, May 15th - Athletic Awards Ceremony 6:30 PM
  • Saturday, May 18th - Golf Outing at Randall Oaks (Please see more detail above)
  • Tuesday, May 21st - Kindergarten Graduation 10:15 AM
  • Wednesday, May 22nd  - 8th Grade Honor Mass 8:45 followed by 8th grade DVD in the McKinstra Room
  • Wednesday, May 22nd - Pre-K3 Celebration 9:00 AM
  • Wednesday May 22nd - Pre-K4 Celebration 10:00 AM
  • Thursday, May 23rd - 8th Grade Graduation 6:00 PM
  • Friday, May 24th - Last Day of School for PK3, PK4, and Kindergarten
  • Monday, May 27th - Memorial Day no school
  • Wednesday, May 29th - Variety Show Performances 1:00 PM
  • Thursday, May 30th - Last day of school 11:30 Dismissal
Be Loving. Be Faithful. Be St. Catherine's.











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